The Tortoise the hare & the millionaire
A scruffy, rough-around-the-edges group decked out in plaid and denim, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire are grounded in a sort of no-nonsense, straight-shooting blues rock. However, the group flits effortlessly from genre to genre, not in a tacky way, but in a way that represents the grand scope of their influences, their willingness to play around and explore, and the continued growth of their relationships, both in terms of friendship and musicianship.
The seeds of the band were planted when longtime friends, drummer Ted Nicholson and guitarist Matthew Carr put up a Kijiji ad and found bassist Eric Allard. The band started slowly, with the trio mostly jamming on Allman Brothers songs in Ted’s basement. It wasn’t until a chance encounter at a JJ Grey concert that the shape of the band really began forming. When the band happened to catch a set by the openers, the Record Company, they were floored by their set, and their hospitality and willingness to give advice when the band approached them after the show. This inspired the trio to scrap all that they’d been doing, and set out with a new name and a renewed passion, guns blazing, and thus, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire was born.
There’s an inherent jammy sensibility to the songs and, while not as off-kilter and meandering as something like the Grateful Dead, it lends a certain unpredictability and suspense to their engaging live shows. Exploring jazz, funk, rockabilly and country, all while tying it back to their blues-rock roots, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire play captivating, genre-defying tunes that feel honest and relatable, while also making you want to dance your heart out.
Following successful stints at festivals like Area 506, FollyFest, Paddlefest, Evolve, and Living Roots, as well as winning runner up for the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Rising Star contest in 2017, the band is on track to release their debut EP, with a full-length to follow later in the year. The band are propelled by a love of music and a strong sense of friendship, writing down-to-earth songs that you can get lost in, or just really shake it to.